God’s promises are eternal
“This is what the Lord says: He who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements together, and they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”
– Isaiah 43:16-19
A promise is only as good as the one making the promise. God’s promises are eternal. They cannot be broken.
God is the only one upon whom you can really rely. God is merciful. God is gracious. God is your refuge. God is your health and your strength.
The words of the prophet Isaiah, in our text above, is particularly to a people who were far away from home, in a foreign and strange land. These are the children of Israel who were held captive, in bondage, in Babylon.
They were in a terrible state and longed for their God, and for their homeland.
Their captivity made them depressed. Therefore, they cried out to their God to rescue them.
Through the prophet, God speaks hope to the people and gives them a promise. He who gives the promise is the one who made a way for Israel through the sea and rescued their forefathers from the Egyptians. “He who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements.”
This same God who worked wonders and who brought his people out of bondage and slavery was still with them. Just as he did for their ancestors, he would do for them. He would not forget them.
In time, God would topple proud Babylon and open a way for the exiles to return home and to rebuild Jerusalem. He would be their God always.
We who live here in this country may not be in the type of bondage that the Israelites were in, but we do live in bondage. We live in the bondage of sin.
Our world today is going through changes as evil prevails around us. Our communities are unsafe. We are constantly reminded about terrorism abroad and terrorism at home. Our children are not safe in the neighborhood or in school any longer.
The world in which we live has become a sewer. This is not because God made it that way.
We have turned it into the mess it is today.
People near and far are hurting for one reason or the other. We all have our share of pains, some because of domestic woes, personal health and family health problems. Some are experiencing the pain of death and many of us are experiencing for the first time, the aches of growing old.
People who do not know God would probably resolve that: “This is the hand that you were dealt.”
They would just write it off as the problems of life and see no hope for the future.
But there is hope. There is a better way, which is found in Jesus Christ who went to the cross too rescue us from sin. His coming to earth, suffering and dying for our sins gives us hope.
“I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland,” says the prophet. “God sees the desert and wasteland of your life and he has a plan for you. He is aware of what you may be going through today.”
Even though things may seem to be out of control, and it looks like Satan is winning, I remind you, God is still in control. Don’t throw in the towel; don’t give up. Hang on in there. God is on your side and He will sustain you. Amen.
• Rev. Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at The Lutheran Church of Nassau,119 John F. Kennedy Drive can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas, or telephone: 426-9084; e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.Nassaulutheranchurch.org.